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Subject: How the mind lies to itself is fascinating
I found it fascinating how Harry Golden would provide some of the information showing Leo Frank was likely guilty, but then practicing cognitive dissonance.
Subject: The Mary Phagan Bite Mark Hoax
Just what Dorsey was looking for never became plain until fifty years later when Pierre van Paassen * in his book To Number Our Days described his own interest in the Leo Frank case.
In a visit to Atlanta in 1922, Van Paassen became interested in the tragedy that befell Leo Frank. It moved him to a study of all the old evidence. Van Paassen had settled himself in the courthouse, reading the records, when he came upon a sheaf of papers and a number of X-ray photographs showing teeth indentations. "The murdered girl/' says Van Paassen, "had been bitten on the left shoulder and neck before strangulation.
The bites were deep enough to leave an impression (a fact no newspaper or police officer reported) . Those indentations did not correspond with the X rays of Leo Frank's set of teeth which were what the envelope contained."
It was to check these X rays with the impression on Mary Phagan's shoulder that Dorsey reopened the grave. They didn't check. Dorsey obviously suppressed this. Had he not suppressed it, it is doubtful it would have made any difference. The skids were greased, as the last day of the inquest proved.
Pierre van Paassen, To Number Our Days, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, N.Y., 1964, pp. 237-38.
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